Wednesday Sports Update – Mavericks Lose To Clippers

(Dallas, TX) — Luka Doncic had 36 points, 10 boards and nine assists, but the Mavs’ fell 110-107 to the Clippers in Dallas to snap their four-game winning streak. Kristaps Porzingis scored 10 points for the Mavs after missing the previous 10 games with a sore right knee. The Mavs play tomorrow night at Portland.

Mavs Lose Powell To Achilles Injury

(Dallas, TX) — Mavericks center Dwight Powell had to be helped from the floor after suffering a serious right Achilles injury in the first quarter of the loss to the Clippers If it is torn, as early reports indicate, it would be a season-ending injury.

Rockets Will Host Nuggets Tonight

(Houston, TX) — The Rockets will try to snap a four-game slide tonight when they host the Denver Nuggets. Houston lost 112-107 to the Thunder Monday at home despite Russell Westbrook’s triple-double. The Rockets will open a four-game trip Friday at Minnesota.

Carolina Hurricanes 4, Winnipeg Jets 1
New York Islanders 4, New York Rangers 2
Boston Bruins 3, Vegas Golden Knights 2
Philadelphia Flyers 3, Pittsburgh Penguins 0
Florida Panthers 4, Chicago Blackhawks 3

Stars Take All-Star Break

(Dallas, TX) — The Stars are off the ice until Monday when they host Tampa Bay. Dallas enters the break on a two-game skid, including a 7-0 loss Saturday at Minnesota in probably its worst game of the season. The Stars are 27-14-and-4 for third place in the Central Division. The Lightning have won 12 of their last 14 games.

Astros Will Interview Banister

(Houston, TX) — Astros owner Jim Crane confirmed he would interview former Rangers manager Jeff Banister today. He said he would like to narrow the search to three or four names by the weekend and hire a manager early next week to replace A.J. Hinch, who was fired over the sign-stealing scandal. Crane also said the players would come out with a strong statement as a team and apologize when spring training starts.

Jeter, Walker Voted Into Hall Of Fame

(Cooperstown, NY) — Derek Jeter and Larry Walker are entering the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Both were announced as two new members in the Class of 2020. Jeter was just one vote shy of becoming the second unanimously-elected member of the Hall. Home run king Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling all fell short.

Cowboys Staff At Senior Bowl

(Mobile, AL) — Cowboys chief operating officer Stephen Jones and other members of the front office staff are in Mobile, Alabama scouting the Senior Bowl practices as part of preparation for the NFL draft. The game will be Saturday. Dallas has the 17th overall pick in the first round.

Baylor Hires Defensive Coordinator

(Waco, TX) — Baylor head football coach Dave Aranda has hired Ron Roberts to be his defensive coordinator. Roberts has been at Louisiana-Lafayette, which ranked 18th nationally last season in allowing 19.7 points per game. Also, Vincent Guinta, Oregon State’s director of football player personnel since 2015, is taking a similar position on Aranda’s staff.

SMU Hires Garrett Riley As Offensive Coordinator

DALLAS (AP) — SMU has hired Garrett Riley as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. The younger brother of Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley was set to be promoted to offensive coordinator at Appalachian State. Garrett Riley had served as running backs coach for the Mountaineers in 2019. Like his older brother, Garrett Riley spent time on the Texas Tech roster as a quarterback before going into coaching. The younger Riley also played a season at Stephen F. Austin.

Top-25 College Basketball (Coaches’ Poll)
#3 Kansas Jayhawks 81, Kansas State Wildcats 60
#4 San Diego State Aztecs 72, Wyoming Cowboys 55
#8 Duke Blue Devils 89, Miami (FL) Hurricanes 59
#11 Villanova Wildcats 76, #12 Butler Bulldogs 61
#14 Kentucky Wildcats 89, Georgia Bulldogs 79
#17 Maryland Terrapins 77, Northwestern Wildcats 66
TCU Horned Frogs 65, #18 Texas Tech Red Raiders 54
#22 (tied) Illinois Fighting Illini 79, Purdue Boilermakers 62
#22 (tied) Wichita State Shockers 56, South Florida Bulls 43

College Basketball Roundup

(Undated) — In area college basketball last night, TCU upset number-18 Texas Tech 65-54 in Big 12 play in Fort Worth. Desmond Bane led the Frogs with 27 points. Texas A&M rallied to win 66-64 at Missouri. Tonight, SMU will host East Carolina. Tomorrow, the West Texas A&M Buffaloes will be at Texas A&M-Kingsville.

Watt Will Host Saturday Night Live

(Houston, TX) — Texans defensive end J.J. Watt will not be rushing the passer in the Super Bowl on February 2nd. Instead, the night before he will be hosting Saturday Night Live. The last NFL player to host an episode was Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning on May 5th, 2012. He will be the first athlete to host SNL since Charles Barkley on March 3, 2018.